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Oak Ridge volleyball team earns playoff berth

By: by Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Oak Ridge High’s volleyball team closed out the regular season Monday against St. Francis and now it’s time for the postseason, where the Lady Trojans are hoping to make their biggest moves.

Last week, Oak Ridge went undefeated in six sets during its two Delta River League matches at Ponderosa on Oct. 22, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20 and at home against Pleasant Grove, 26-24, 25-14 and 25-14 on Senior Night on Oct. 24.

“I feel like we made huge strides. We really hit a turning point being able to beat Pondo at their place in three with a huge crowd and then sweep Pleasant Grove. Our girls are starting to think for themselves a lot, not just look to us coaches and making smart choices on the court,” said Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter.

At Ponderosa, the Lady Trojans tallied their fifth consecutive win against the Lady Bruins dating back to 2010. Mysha Davies contributed a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Tara McDermott threw out 35 assists.

Wednesday’s Senior Night gave Oak Ridge’s seven seniors a chance to shine. Davies, McDermott, Amelia Crye, Maddie Chambliss, Melissa Coty, Nicolette Tsivikas and Rachel McVicar all shared significant playing time with each other while being honored in their final regular season home game.

“(Senior Night) was emotional. Those seven seniors have been a crucial part of our program. Being able to honor them and have them all contribute to a win was great,” Potter said.

With a four-game cushion over the third place team in the Delta River League, the Lady Trojans have secured a playoff spot in the section. Oak Ridge concluded its regular season Monday with one final match and a chance to finish with a share of the league while visiting section heavyweight and DRL frontrunner St. Francis (9-0 DRL, 30-2 overall). The Lady Trojans’ lone league loss was to the Troubadours on Oct. 10.

Potter hopes that the strength of their non-league schedule will help earn her Lady Trojans (21-14, 8-1 DRL) a bye in the opening round of the Division I bracket.

“I think we’ve earned a bye. We have a really good record against other tough schools in Division I,” said Potter. “We definitely have a shot (at St. Francis). I think we’re in a good place to beat them. We’ll have to be on our best game but I’m confident that we can do that.”